• 12.1 Megapixels Resolution (CMOS sensor)
• 28mm Wide Lens with 8x Optical Image Stabilizer Zoom
• 3.0 LCD Touch Screen Monitor
• FullHD HD Movies Recording
• HS (High Sensitivity) System

More details about Canon PowerShot ELPH310HS.

• 12.1 Megapixels Resolution (CMOS sensor)
• 28mm Wide Lens with 12x Optical Image Stabilizer Zoom
• 3.2 LCD Touch Screen Monitor
• FullHD HD Movies Recording
• HS (High Sensitivity) System

More details about Canon PowerShot ELPH510HS.

• 12.1 Megapixels Resolution
• 28mm Wide Lens with 14x Optical Image Stabilizer Zoom
• 3.0 LCD Monitor
• FullHD Movies Recording
• HS (High Sensitivity) System

More details about Canon SX230HS.

How to Blur Background with Canon PowerShot

Normally, we want blurred background (shallow Depth of Field or DOF) in 2 occasions. First is when we take a macro shot. Another is portrait photography or when we want the subject to stand out.

Before we begin, we want to emphasize that although the PowerShot cameras offer excellent performance, they are still non-DSLR cameras. So, they might not be able to compare with cameras from the DSLR level in term of an ability to blur image background. However, by following the tips below, be ensured that you have use your PowerShot to its fullest potential

For a macro shot, you have to use the widest camera aperture. Note that a small F-number means a wide or big aperture. If your PowerShot has no option for aperture adjusting, don't worry, simply use the macro mode (usually marked by a flower symbol). Then, try to minimize a distance between the camera and the subject. The less distance, the more blurred background will be. Most of the time, you are able to get an image with blurred background as you expect.

blurred background macro shot


The more challenge is the portrait photography or when you want to focus only the subject and blur the background. We suggest 4 tips to help you.
1. use the widest aperture (or the macro mode if you can't set the aperture value)
2. use the maximum zoom capacity
3. minimize a distance between the camera lens and the subject (minimize A)
4. maximize a distance between the subject and the background (maximiz B)

portrait photography tips


If you follow all tips but don't get enough blurred background, don't be so sad. At least, you utilize your PowerShot camera to its max potential.


See also
Aperture and Depth of Field
Aperture and F-number

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